Written by Elizabeth Phillips, Lexington Three Mentoring Program Coordinator
Happy New Year Panther Pals and Reading Buddies! January is National Mentoring Month and January 17th is International Mentoring Day. We need to encourage and celebrate mentoring in all its forms. Volunteers from multicultural backgrounds are needed to teach one another tolerance and understanding on why we need to love and help one another.
Margaret Mead once stated, “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Remember that mentor leadership is all about serving. Lexington County School District Three has wonderful, dedicated, and loving mentors. I am fortunate to have worked with many admirable people throughout the years. Our current Mentors and Reading Buddies are visiting their mentees each week to guide, encourage, and motivate them to work hard, follow the rules, and learn all that they can to be excellent students.
Throughout the month of January we want to give thanks to the following volunteers of Lexington County School District Three’s Panther Pals Reading Buddies Mentoring Program: Amy B. Bedenbaugh, Beth Berry, Donna W. Boozer, Phylis O. Bouknight, Kimberly K. Burton, Matilda A. Cornelius, Donna L. Crapps, Gwendolyn Draffin, James Draffin, Cathy Dubiel, Deidra Gambrell, Darline Gantt, Lynn Goodman, Barbara F. Harmon, Juanita Hawfield, Rev. Lisa W. Isenhower, Stephen E. Padgett, Delores Peaster, Elizabeth Phillips, Samuel Phillips, Daylene Pitts, Martin Quattlebaum, Darlene E. Simpkins, Eurlee Steadman, Margaret Torrey, Karen Williams, Rev. John Yorio and Ruth Yorio.
We have students who are waiting for someone to be their mentor. Please contact Elizabeth Phillips by cell phone (803-960-1005) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life.